All posts by Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken is a guy who writes stuff about things and then sometimes writes other things about stuff. In addition he has a wallet that says "Bad Ass Motherfucker" on it. Okay, that last part isn't true, but it'd be cooler if it was. McKraken is a long-time REDEFINE contributor and also regularly contributes to Disinfo. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.
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Zebras – Parasitic Clones Under The Strong Arm Of The Robotic Machine Album Review

Madison, Wisconsin’s Zebras play a peppy brand of chops-heavy sci-fi/dance punk, which I found myself enjoying thoroughly but ultimately not really connecting with entirely. There are some good ideas going on here, mainly in the form of keyboards and instrumental proficiency. These guys can obviously play, so I found myself oft wondering why they were...Read...
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The Abodox – Up The Excalibur Album Review

After the The Dillinger Escape Plan’s landmark album Calculating Infinity dropped back in 1999 (which is oddly enough when The Abodox first formed), there were suddenly a ton of bands nationwide trying to outdo each other in the light speed/time signature-shifting/technical proficiency department, and thus, the genre of spazz-core or as I like to call...Read...
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Oneida – Rated O Album Review

There are certain artists throughout history that insist their art extends forth into the world from another dimension of consciousness lurking just below surface level awareness. To create, all they need to do shut off their regular thought patterns and dip into this infinite wellspring; they funnel a source of unlimited energy into the mold...Read...
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Scott Pinkmountain & The Golden Bolts Of Tone – The Full Sun Album Review

Scott Pinkmountain (formerly Scott Rosenberg) apparently used to be a somewhat hot-shit Bay Area avant-garde composer/free jazz saxophonist, but then decided that by immersing himself in that music, he’d forgotten the importance of good songwriting. And so this transformation from free-form composer into burgeoning songwriter necessitated a name change or something like that. Unfortunately, that’s...Read...
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Oneida – Preteen Weaponry Album Review

I’ll admit it; I had no intentions of ever purchasing another Oneida disc. I love the band and would rank them as one of the country’s premiere psychedelic acts, but with eight full lengths (of which I own six), I pretty much figured I’d heard their entire bag of tricks. Their last album, 2006’s Happy...Read...
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